Use of an on-line patient portal in a depression collaborative care management program

Jennifer Pecina, Frederick North, Mark D Williams, Kurt B. Angstman

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Abstract

Background Evidence for patient portals on health outcomes is still accumulating. Methods We performed a retrospective study of patients in a depression collaborative care management (CCM) program comparing dropout rates and outcomes at six months in patients who used the portal with their CCM managers versus those who did not use the portal for this purpose. Results 1769 patients were analyzed, of which 272 (15.4%) used the portal to connect with their CCM managers. Portal users were more likely to be younger (mean age 37.8 years versus 42.6 years p<0.001), married (57.5% versus 48.2% p=0.003) and female (81% versus 69.4% p<0.001) compared to non-portal users. Completion of six month PHQ 9 forms was significantly higher in the portal group (75.7% vs. 65.7%, p=0.001) with an adjusted odds ratio (AOR) of 1.68 (1.25, 2.30, p<0.001). Using an intention to treat analysis, remission at 6 months was significantly higher in the portal group (45.2% vs 38.5%, p=0.038) with an AOR of 1.32 (1.00–1.73, p=0.47). However analysis of only those who completed a PHQ-9 at six months showed no difference in depression remission (59.7% vs 58.7%, p=0.78) with an AOR of 1.02 (0.75, 1.42. p=0.87). There was no difference in dropout rates between portal users compared to non-portal users (31.6% vs. 31.7%, p=0.97) with an AOR of 0.95 (0.71, 1.27, p=0.69). Limitations Limitations include the observational study design and a predominantly white study population. Conclusion Use of a patient portal in depression CCM allows additional options for patients to participate without negatively influencing clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume208
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2017

Keywords

  • Collaborative care
  • Depression
  • On-line messaging
  • Patient portal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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